Article Exercise Nutrition Scoliosis Signs of Scoliosis

Spinal dysfunction or nerve irritation at any age can cause pain and affect optimal health. Many spinal problems seen in adults start in childhood.  Children constantly suffer falls and tumbles.

Chiropractic care can correct small problems before they become larger.
Chiropractic improves spinal function thereby optimizing the body’s ability to heal.  Each stage of our life subjects us to a variety of situations which may create spinal dysfunction.

In an article found on the Canadian Chiropractic Association web page we find the following:

Dealing with growing pains
Source: Medicine Hat News (Medicine Hat, AB)
Author: Trevor Clarke Date: September 9, 2006

For years parent’s whose children were experiencing pain in their legs were told it was due to growing pains and that children will grow out of their pain eventually. Chiropractor, Dr. Trevor Clarke disagrees with this diagnosis. The majority of the children he treats are between six and fifteen years of age. This is the stage where children are at their most active stage, where their hearty play can cause their vertebrae to become subluxated in turn affecting nerves that control the function of their legs. Adults who suffer from leg pain and lower back pain most likely suffered from growing pains in their childhood. Having subluxations corrected in childhood may have helped them avoid any back or leg pain they might be experiencing today.

For infants, in addition to the birth process, they may suffer spinal dysfunction due to the simple strain of holding their head up as well as from the bumps and falls they take when first exploring their horizons in crawling and walking. 

Children can suffer various injuries from contact sports, falling off a bike, or other slips and falls.  They may also have poor posture from sitting improperly at school, watching television, or playing video games.  In addition, children often suffer back strain from over-loaded school back packs.

Teens often suffer from the same strains they did as children plus the additional emotional stress, hormonal changes associated with puberty, or their growing responsibilities.

Chiropractic care can start immediately after birth, however, your child will benefit from chiropractic care at any age. Your chiropractor will modify their adjusting technique based on your child’s size and condition.  They may use special instruments or vary the technique and force of the adjustment.  Children’s spines are more flexible than those of adult’s.  This means that children often require less adjustments and respond much quicker to chiropractic care. 

Please visit the Canadian Chiropractic association website for more public education concerning chiropractic care of children, located at the links, bottom right of this page.

Exercise and the developing child

"The young developing skeleton is much more trainable or amenable to the benefits of physical activity than older and more mature skeletons," said Cameron Blimkie, a professor of kinesiology at Hamilton's McMaster University, who looked at the role of exercise in building bones for the report.

Although Canadian guidelines already suggest children get up to 90 minutes per day, the overall fitness of Canadian kids just earned a D from the national group Active Healthy Kids Canada.

The report recommends no more than two hours a day of sitting around watching TV, or playing video games.

Instead, sedentary activities should be replaced with age-appropriate activities for children to learn skills, said the report, published in the June issue of The Journal of Pediatrics.

The payoff from physical activity is not only improved health, but better self-esteem and, to a lesser extent, even higher marks.

Nutrition and the developing child

Does it really matter what they eat?

According to Child & Family Canada, as a parent you are responsible for ensuring that your child does not go to bed hungry at night.  The question is whether it really matters what food children eat. The answer is a resounding YES. Food is the fuel for the body and, as such, not only keeps the body running smoothly during the day but will also determine the overall health of the body, now and in the future. By feeding your children a variety of healthy natural foods you will not only give them the best possible start in life but will also teach them how to feed themselves for optimum health in the future. A simple way to ensure your children will be healthy is to eat dinner with them.

5 Step Daily Plan for Childhood Health
1. A variety of Healthy Natural Foods

2. Plenty of water to drink

3. Exercise

4. Love and family time

5. A good night’s sleep

Junk Food · Time restraints on parents may make visits to fast food outlets unavoidable. When there try to choose the healthiest option available. · Our society has often used "treats" as rewards. Teach your children the value of their accomplishments in forms other than food. This can be in the form of a special event (sports/cultural/entertainment event) or in the form of choosing an activity (painting pottery, sticker festival, family day at the zoo, Halloween in April, etc.). This will not only allow experimentation with new things, it will teach children about food as fuel, not food as comfort. · Many packaged/processed foods contain chemicals in the forms of additives and preservatives. Foods targeted at children also contain large amounts of flavour enhancers and colorings. In the end, the closer that a product is to its natural state the more nutrients it will provide your body with. Whenever possible avoid consuming a lot of foods that have been processed, and when consuming them keep in mind that in this case "quantity is small" is a great mantra.


Scoliosis {sko/lee/OH/sis} is a condition in which there is a sideways curve in the spine (which is normally straight when viewed from the back). The curve usually affects the spine at the level of the chest or the lower back.

Scoliosis is most often noticed in children when they begin to walk or during the teen years. A chiropractor, medical doctor, nurse, or other health professional is usually the first person to notice scoliosis. Parents don't often notice their childrens' scoliosis because it develops so gradually. They may, however, notice things like uneven hems or crooked shoulders. Scoliosis is gradual without early symptoms.

Three Causes:
Congenital genetic predisposition
Habitual behavioral routines
Idiopathic unknown cause

With early detection, scoliosis can be monitored and the effects on the musculoskeletal system addressed.  Severe scoliosis, can interfere with the workings of the heart and lungs.

What are the Signs of Scoliosis

1.One shoulder may be higher than the other.

2.One scapula (shoulder blade) may be higher or more prominent than the other.

3.With the arms hanging loosely at the side, there may be more space between the arm and the body on one side.

4.One hip may appear to be higher or more prominent than the other.

5.The head is not centered over the pelvis.

6.When the patient is examined from the rear and asked to bend forward until the spine is horizontal, one side of the back appears higher than the other side.





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